State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced today that he has appointed Andrew SanFilippo, Buffalo’s comptroller, as executive deputy state comptroller for state and local government accountability. SanFilippo, who has worked for the city of Buffalo since 2003, starts the job March 17. He will earn $159,000 a year.
“Andy SanFilippo understands government accountability,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “He understands how to use audits as tools to help governments run more efficiently. As Buffalo comptroller, he worked to turn the city around and restore fiscal stability. He brings a career’s worth of government finance expertise to our office. These are very difficult times for the state and local governments. Andy will help our office help local governments across the state find ways to manage resources and protect taxpayers.”
SanFilippo has been Buffalo’s comptroller since 2003. He was elected to a second term four years ago. Before that, he was Buffalo’s investment and debt-management officer for Buffalo for 23 years. He was executive assistance to the Buffalo comptroller from 1973 to 1980.
Buffalo has received three credit-rating upgrades during SanFilippo’s tenure, according to the comptroller’s office. His debt-management program has helped reduce the city’s long-term bonded debt.
“Buffalo has turned around its finances,” SanFilippo said in a statement. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. I’ll miss working for Buffalo, but I’m excited about working together with Comptroller DiNapoli to help the state and local governments manage through these very difficult times. I’ll be working out of Albany, but my family and I will still live in Buffalo. Buffalo will always be my home.”